Charlie Lake fire crews extinguish Grand Haven shop fire during thunderstorm

Charlie Lake fire crews at the scene of yesterday's shop fire in Grand Haven. Photo by Dale Widsten/Charlie Lake Fire Department.

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – While emergency crews were scrambling to close flooded roads, members from the Charlie Lake Fire Department were called out to a structure fire at a shop in Grand Haven.

The fire department got a call about a fire at a 2-bay shop under construction on Pacific Avenue near the old Rugby Club at 6:00 p.m. yesterday evening. 14 firefighters and three apparatus arrived at the scene to discover the fire smouldering in the attic space of the workshop. Charlie Lake Deputy Fire Chief Dale Widsten says that when crews arrived, the shop owner had attempted to extinguish the fire himself with a fire extinguisher which had helped to knock down the flames.

According to Widsten, due to the difficulty in accessing the attic space, crews needed to cut open one of the shop’s gables in order to completely extinguish the fire. Fire crews were on scene for approximately two hours, most of which occurred during last night’s thunderstorm. The Deputy Chief said that fire crews were able to keep the fire confined to the attic space, which resulted in the nearly-complete shop suffering minor structural damage.

Widsten estimated that damages totalled several thousand dollars. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation; however the deputy chief says that a lightning strike is not considered to have been a factor due to call going out before the storm’s arrival.